Hearts stitch journal, 30 June 2018

Shaping up to be another lovely day today. It is still cool and I was up at 5.30 to clean and garden as we have visitors coming for lunch. I took the rubbish to the village (there is no collection here) and stopped off at the house of a late friend to gather some flowers for the table. All around us at the moment, hydrangeas are in flower. The French farmers plant great banks of them, which look beautiful against the granite walls and slate roofs of our area. So today, a rather abstract hydrangea that is a composite of all the ones I saw this morning. Today’s threads are pale blue variegated cotton perlé no 5; cotons à broder no 16 and no 20 in shades of blue; variegated lilac/purple friendship thread and variegated cotton perlés no 5 in shades of pink/lilac/peach, green/blue, and light/mid blue. The stitches are split stitch for the heart, and French knots of various sizes and detached chain for the petals. The photo is a local chapel that I often pass on my bike rides. And that is June completed – we are now six months into the diary.

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